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Pennsylvania State Police checkpoint nabs seven for DUI


Pennsylvania State Police rolled out a new piece of equipment for their Thanksgiving holiday DUI checkpoint in York County — a DUI enforcement truck, according to Trooper Tom Pinkerton.

The truck, a Ford F-550, has seating stations for persons being processed for DUI, breath-test equipment, a work station for a person authorized to draw blood from DUI suspects, and a dark area so that drug recognition experts can conduct part of their examinations.

Pinkerton said the vehicle is a benefit to any DUI checkpoint because it combines the features of several vehicles into one, and can be driven from site to site, wherever it is needed.

The DUI checkpoint began late on Nov. 24 and lasted until the early morning of Nov. 25, where state police, along with help from several other municipal police departments in York County, arrested seven DUI offenders. Pinkerton said.

In addition, there were three arrests for drug possession, and one for false identification to police, he said.

Three citations were given out for driving under suspension, seven for underage drinking, two for persons not having a valid driving license, one for an uninsured motorist, two for no inspection, one for an unregistered vehicle and one for driving across the median.

Helping state police were West Manchester Township Police, Spring Garden Township Police, York Area Regional Police, Southern Regional Police, the York County Sheriff’s Office, York County Probation and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

tczech@ydr.com; 771-2033.

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